For several months, the state of health of Elizabeth II has been at the center of attention. As a reminder, the sovereign was hospitalized last October and recently tested positive for Covid-19. In addition, it has chained cancellations over the weeks, which worries the British a lot. Bad news was announced by Buckingham Palace this Monday, May 9. Indeed, the Queen of England will be absent for the speech from the throne in Parliament. This is a solemn meeting of British democracy that the wife of Prince Philip did not want to miss. In the press release, it is “mobility problems” of the monarch that are mentioned. “Following a consultation with her doctors, she has reluctantly decided not to attend the opening of Parliament”, it is then specified. Thus, it is Prince Charles who will take over. “At the request of Her Majesty and with the agreement of the competent authorities, the Prince of Wales will read the Queen’s Speech on behalf of Her Majesty, in the presence of the Duke of Cambridge”, is it concluded.
Elizabeth II has been talking a lot about her for several months. On February 16, she received Major General Eldon Millar, in charge of liaison between the Queen and the armed forces, and his predecessor, Rear Admiral James Macleod, at Windsor Castle, his main place of residence. In a video shared on social media, the sovereign could be heard saying: “As you can see, I can’t move”. What quickly worry the British. A few weeks later, on March 7, she made another public appearance as she welcomed Justin Trudeau. Subsequently, it was the Canadian Prime Minister who confided in this exchange. “I can assure you that during my conversation with her this morning, she was more insightful than ever and very interested in what is happening,” he said. Reassuring news but this cancellation turns everything upside down. There is no doubt that it will be very commented.
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Elizabeth II: had she already missed the speech in Parliament?
Elizabeth II is a queen who keeps her commitments. Forced to cancel her visit to several events in recent weeks, she was however present by videoconference. This speech was thus very important for the sovereign, who has only missed it twice since her coronation. The first time in 1959 and the second in 1963, when she was pregnant. As a reminder, his Jubilee will take place from June 2 to 5. Could the Queen of England be present?
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